Michael Thornton has been a jackaroo, a journalist, a boarding school housemasteradvisory board member, a consultant, a columnist, a volunteer and a small acre farmer. After completing agricultural college, he became honorary director of the Glenormiston Foundation, which led to a career in raising money professionally for schools, colleges and tertiary institutions. In 2010, Michael volunteered for six months with a street kids’ charity in Hanoi, Vietnam -- Blue Dragon Children's Foundation -- through Australian Volunteers International (AVI), where he worked on communications and fundraising. The Foundation has supported nearly 2,000 kids and has more than 80 staff. Upon returning home from Vietnam, he became director of Advancement (alumni relations, events and philanthropic fundraising) at Melbourne Business School.
Michael's first book, JACKAROO: A Memoir, was published in June 2011. His second book, 27 Days a Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is based on his experience walking the Spanish Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trek in October 2013.